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UPDATED! USFWS Port of Los Angeles notifying aquarium trade not to import the 20 newly listed Threatened corals

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 16, 2014 02:40 PM
According to industry journalist Ret Talbot, the US Fish and Wildlife Port of Los Angeles Office of Law Enforcement has "confirmed that wildlife inspectors were notifying aquarium trade import facilities in Southern California that it is now illegal to import any of the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)."

The news is particularly surprising because the National Marine Fisheries Service (the governing agency with jurisdiction) had stated earlier this month that no prohibitions are planned for the newly listed Threatened species.  We hope this is simply a miscommunication between government agencies.

Note: The vast majority of marine ornamental livestock land into the United States at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

We strongly encourage our readers to follow Ret Talbot's "Good Catch" blog (dedicated to fishery information) for more information and updates on this breaking news.

IMPORTANT UPDATE (1:18 PM PDT): (via Ret Talbot) NMFS has just confirmed that USFWS's actions this morning were in error!  Importation of the 20 species listed below is NOT prohibited.

The 20 species are:

Atlantic Waters

Mycetophyllia ferox
Dendrogyra cylindrus
Orbicella annularis
Orbicella faveolata
Orbicella franksi

Pacific Waters

Acropora globiceps
Acropora jacquelineae
Acropora lokani                       
Acropora pharaonis            
Acropora retusa
Acropora rudis
Acropora speciosa
Acropora tenella    
Anacropora spinosa                       
Euphyllia paradivisa
Isopora crateriformis
Montipora australiensis                       
Pavona diffluens
Porites napopora                  
Seriatopora aculeata

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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